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Police drop charges against Georgia quarterback

December 19, 1997

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia quarterback Mike Bobo was cleared of charges stemming from his arrest earlier this week, authorities said Friday.

Bobo, 23, was charged with obstruction of a police officer early Thursday after he ran from police outside an Athens bar.

Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Judge Michael Coleman dismissed the charge after a hearing Friday in which an officer said he did not see Bobo doing anything illegal outside Allen’s Hamburgers, where police were responding to a fight.

Clarke County Solicitor General Ken Mauldin also dropped the misdemeanor charge.

``In light of this development, I see no reason for any disciplinary action regarding Mike’s status with the team. We will continue bowl practice as usual,″ coach Jim Donnan said.

``I’m relieved and glad we can now get back to normal,″ Bobo said.

``I apologize for the embarrassment to my family and to the university, but knowing the truth, I felt confident things would work out.″

Bobo, who finished the regular season as the Southeastern Conference’s No. 1 passer while leading the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record, is expected to start in the Tampa, Fla., bowl game against Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

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